One Roof Leicester

Helping communities to end homelessness

Volunteer For The Winter Shelter

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Leicester Winter Night Shelter is run by volunteers at venues around Leicester. Volunteers are mostly local but are of all ages, faiths and backgrounds. 

We need new volunteers to help make the shelter a success. Our volunteers, working in three shifts, provide evening meals and friendship, night time supervision and breakfast.

 If you want to volunteer please fill in the application form and book on a training session here

Evening Volunteers



6pm - 10pm


Helping in the host venue with cooking, serving, washing up, putting up beds, putting out bedding and enjoying conversations and games with the guests.

Morning Volunteers



7am - 9am


Helping in the morning with waking up guests, preparing and serving breakfast, washing up, cleaning and packing away beds and bedding.

Night Volunteers



10pm - 7am


Sleeping overnight in the venue. A minimum of two overnight volunteers will take it in turns to stay awake. (A night worker is also on duty to support you through the night).

Minibus Drivers



Evening Pickup & Morning Drop Off


To help with picking up our guests and taking them to the venue, then dropping them off the next morning. (You must be over 30 and a confident driver with a clean licence).


How to get involved?


We need new volunteers, not just to run the shelters and mix with the guests, but also to help with our fundraising and back office tasks. If you can help, please fill out our volunteer form and email it to and we’ll be in touch.


What do volunteers do?


Volunteers offer a wide range of support – most volunteer one evening or one night a week. They prepare the venue, cook and serve food and offer our guests conversation in a friendly environment. Some stay overnight and others turn up first thing to serve breakfast and help clear up. We offer all our volunteers a training day with an induction pack and have in place a range of policies to ensure the safety and wellbeing of both guests and volunteers.


How does a typical night at the Shelter feel?


The shelter is a very warm, welcoming environment where we treat the homeless people who stay with us as our guests. We aim to create a homely place, where guests can relax and feel safe. Volunteers eat with the guests and share the evening with them chatting (in many languages), playing games and drinking tea and coffee. Overnight volunteers grab some sleep in shifts to make sure guests have a peaceful night. Breakfast is served by 7.30 and guests leave by 8am so the hall can be cleared. The last volunteers leave by 9am.


What else could I do to help?


If you have a talent we can use it! Can you speak a foreign language? Can you cook? Assemble a camp-bed? Organise the laundry? Play Scrabble? Play the Piano?

Perhaps you’re great on social media, fabulous at fundraising, or brilliant with a spreadsheet. Volunteers are vital in helping us to run the Shelter so come and get involved.

If you’d like to help in any way we’d love to hear from you. Don’t hesitate to get in touch.



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